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Berkley

A Broth of Betrayal (A Soup Lover's Mystery) by Connie Archer (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Even a town called Snowflake, Vermont, has a summer season. In August, Lucky Jamieson's By the Spoonful serves chilled soups--celery and green onion, cream of asparagus--and salads. The shop also serves as a gathering place to talk about cold-blooded murder.

A protest to stop the construction of an ugly car wash in the middle of the town's picturesque Village Green is interrupted by the discovery of a skeleton that may date back to the Revolutionary War. While the remains pose a historical mystery, a present-day murder shakes the town to its core when local auto mechanic Harry Hodges is found dead in his shop.

Straining the patience of Chief of Police Nate Edgerton, Lucky soon finds herself in the soup again when her dear friend Elizabeth, the Mayor of Snowflake, goes missing. No matter how much trouble she has to stir up, Lucky is determined to use her noodle to uncover a killer and recover her friend. (Recipes included!) (Source: Berkley)

End Me a Tenor (A Glee Club Mystery) by Joelle Charbonneau (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: It's the holiday season, and high school show choir coach Paige Marshall may be on the verge of her first big break as an opera singer. But she probably shouldn't quit her day job just yet.

A part to kill for: Singing in a production of the Messiah and rehearsing her show choir for a holiday concert may be more than Paige can Handel. Not only does she have to contend with the overblown ego of world-renowned tenor David Richard, she now has to quickly revamp the show choir's number, since not one but two other high schools are performing the same song for the quickly approaching competition season.

The tempestuous tenor may have a voice to die for, but when he drops dead during rehearsal after drinking poisoned water, Paige has to compose herself and once again solo as a sleuth to find a killer who's no choirboy. (Source: Berkley)

Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: After a cupcake-flinging fiasco at a photo shoot for a local magazine, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura agree to make amends by hosting a weeklong corporate boot camp at Fairy Tale Cupcakes.  The idea is the brainchild of billionaire Ian Hannigan, new owner of SWS (Southwest Style), a lifestyle magazine that chronicles the lives of Scottsdale's rich and famous. He's assigned his staff to a team-building week of making cupcakes for charity.

It's clear that the staff would rather be doing just about anything other than frosting baked goods. But when the magazine's creative director is found murdered outside the bakery, Mel and Angie have a new team-building exercise—find the killer before their business goes AWOL.
INCLUDES SCRUMPTIOUS RECIPES. (Source: Berkley)

Malled to Death (A Mall Cop Mystery) by Laura DiSilverio (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Get ready for a second take. With a famous action star for a father, mall cop EJ Ferris is used to the Hollywood hullabaloo. But when her mall becomes his movie set, the cameramen aren't the only ones who start shooting.

Protecting the shoppers at the Fernglen Galleria may not be EJ's dream job, but neither is working for her father's film production company. That's why EJ is less than thrilled when her dad arranges to shoot his upcoming film, Mafia Mistress, in her mall. With the arrival of the movie entourage, EJ suddenly has more than shoplifting teens to worry about.

Bombarded by overeager assistants and fan mail, EJ's famous father makes for an easy target—especially after a scare involving a gun loaded with blanks. Zoe, the prop master, blames herself for the mistake. But when a real bullet is fired and Zoe is killed, Fernglen Galleria is shaken by more than just Hollywood drama. Cut the cameras--there's a real gunman on the loose. (Source: Berkley)

That Old Flame of Mine (A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade) by J.J. Cook (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, J.J. Cook's thrilling new mystery series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost.

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town's fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play.

As Stella investigates, she gets help from a most unlikely source--the ghost of Eric Gamlyn, Sweet Pepper's old fire chief. And if that isn't enough to rattle her, attractive police officer John Trump seems to have taken an interest in her. But Stella's got to stay focused if she hopes to smoke out a killer before her own life is extinguished. (INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES) (Source: Berkley)

The Death of a Dowager (The Jane Eyre Chronicles) by Joanna Campbell Slan (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. The Jane Eyre Chronicles pick up where Brontë left off, with Jane married to her beloved Edward Rochester and mother to a young son. But Jane soon finds herself having to protect those she loves.

While extensive repairs are being made to Ferndean, their rural home, Jane and Edward accept an invitation from their friend Lucy Brayton to stay with her in London. Jane is reluctant to abandon their peaceful life in the countryside, but Edward's damaged vision has grown worse. She hopes that time in the capital will buoy his spirits and give him the chance to receive treatment from an ocular specialist.

Once in London, the Rochesters accompany Lucy to the Italian Opera House. But there is more drama in the audience than on stage--Jane not only unexpectedly finds herself in the presence of King George and his mistress, Lady Conygham, she also encounters an old nemesis in the form of Lady Ingram (whose daughter, Blanche, once hoped to wed Edward herself). The aging dowager deals both Jane and Lucy a very public snub; hoping to mitigate the social damage caused by this, Lucy insists on visiting the Ingrams the next day. The visit goes poorly from the start--and ends with Lady Ingram dropping dead in the midst of taking tea. It soon becomes clear that the dowager's death was an unnatural one, and Jane must set her considerable intelligence to the problem of solving it--and why the throne appears to have an interest. (Source: Berkley)

The Yard by Alex Grecian (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: 1889, LONDON. Victorian London—a violent cesspool of squalid depravity. Only twelve detectives—The Murder Squad—are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police's spectacular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own.

A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day, the squad's new hire, is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard's first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve. Because the squad itself it being targeted and the devious killer shows no signs of stopping before completing his grim duty. But Inspector Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer's motive. (Source: Berkley)

Undercurrents (A Summer Westin Mystery) by Pamela Beason (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Scuba diving off the Galápagos Islands, wildlife biologist and freelance writer Summer "Sam" Westin is not only out of her element--she's plunged right into a dangerous conflict between fishermen and environmentalists.

When Sam is hired to cover a marine survey expedition to the Galápagos, she jumps at the opportunity--though she has to fudge the truth about her diving expertise. But amidst the giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and schooling hammerheads of Darwin's enchanted islands, Sam gets caught up in deadly game of survival of the fittest, and her dream assignment turns into a nightmare.

When her diving partner's air supply is contaminated with carbon monoxide on their very first dive, she wonders if someone is trying to sabotage the expedition. Sea cucumbers and shark fins are valuable commodities in the Asian market. How far will the poachers go? With no one watching their backs, Sam starts to suspect they may already be in over their heads—dealing with human predators more deadly than any shark. (Source: Berkley)

Widow's Tears (China Bayles) by Susan Wittig Albert (Berkley 02 April 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: After losing her husband, five children, housekeeper, and beautiful home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her home, and later died there, having been driven mad with grief.

In present-day Texas, Claire, the grand niece of Rachel's caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. But she is concerned that it's haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby--who has the gift of extrasensory perception--to check it out.

While Ruby is ghost-hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed.

Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real danger. (see review)

Five Star

Animal, Vegetable, Murder by Judy Dailey (Five Star 19 April 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: Set in Seattle, Sunny Day Burnett is pitted against her millionaire neighbors, a flock of geriatric chickens, and an irascible Scottish detective. Sunny is a 30-year-old urban farmer, whose husband died in a car crash three months earlier. Now her garden brims with organic vegetables, her fruit trees are laden with apples and pears, and her backyard chickens are laying more eggs than she can eat. Sunny is beginning to adjust to life as a widow when she finds a neighbor, face down and dead in her Swiss chard.

The murdered man is clutching a photograph of Sunny's late husband wearing little more than a pink feather boa and red stilettos. Stunned, Sunny buries the picture in her compost bin, lies to the cops, and almost wipes the experience from her memory. Until an explosion rocks her gated community.

Scrambling to save her home and her farm, Sunny raises the lid on a worm box of death, deceit, and slimy secrets. She discovers all the victims are connected to her husband, but how? And why?

Another neighbor, suave, handsome and rich, offers to act as Sunny's attorney--but at what price? Can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? (see review)

Hang Fire: A Steve Martinez Mystery by Henry Kisor (Five Star 19 April 2013 / $25.95) - From author's website: Why kill a human being with an antique muzzle-loader? Each year in the entire country, only a handful of people die that way, and half the deaths are self-inflicted. In either case, loading and firing a flintlock or cap-and-ball weapon takes way too much time, fuss, and expertise.

A pretty young teacher is killed by a ball from a Revolutionary War-era musket during an encampment of historical reenactors on a river in Porcupine County. Sheriff Steve Martinez—LakotHang Firea by birth, white by upbringing—is troubled by the victim’s role-playing “persona” as a camp-following frontier prostitute. Several other reenactors had been her customers, and sex often is a motive for murder. All the same, there is no evidence of foul play, forensic or otherwise, and the death is ruled an accident.

The next few months, however, bring a surprising number of seemingly unrelated muzzle-loading deaths in the Upper Midwest. A statistical anomaly—or something worse? Steve is suspicious.

To find the answer and to keep the peace in Porcupine County, the sheriff must battle skeptics, a lack of forensic evidence, an ever-shrinking departmental budget, and a suddenly rocky romance with his longtime love, a beautiful redhead named Ginny Fitzgerald.

Hot on the trail in the deep woods, Steve suddenly discovers that he is his quarry’s newest target. (Source: Five Star)

The Hero Pose by Glen Ebisch (Five Star 19 April 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: Alison Randall returns from her military service as an MP in Iraq wounded--both psychologically and physically. She attempts to regain her health by becoming a yoga instructor. She is gradually recovering physically, although her psychological condition remains precarious, when she is approached by one of her students, Lauren Malcolm, whose boyfriend has disappeared. Ali reluctantly agrees to help with the search.

It soon becomes apparent that Lauren's boyfriend, Dr. Jim, a married but separated physician, has had a number of affairs with his patients, and is quite possibly being blackmailed by one of them. The question quickly arises as to whether the doctor has been murdered or has chosen to disappear.

A further death commits Ali to the case even more. As the dirty secret in the doctor's background is slowly revealed. Ali soon finds herself forced out of her comfort zone as the case causes her to reexamine parts of her own past. (Source: Five Star)

The Unrequited by Mark Goldblatt (Five Star 19 April 2013 / $25.95) - From back of book: "Killer Rapist Castrates Self". The headline is twelve years old, but it catches the eye of Calvin Hooker, world-weary reporter for the National Insider. As much as he'd like to ignore it, he can't--not when he learns that the killer rapist has been paroled after serving only twelve years. It's too dreadful a story to pass up. Besides, Hooker needs to get out of Manhattan. He has cat problems. His left eye is spasming. He wants fresh air. So he sets out for Elizabethtown, a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York, to write a follow up. But Hooker is not alone. Jewel Parsons, writing for a rival supermarket tabloid, is after the same story; the fact that she's jaw-droppingly beautiful is the least of her advantages.

Adversaries at first, the two reporters call a truce when they discover the locals aren't taking kindly to their inquiries. Their new alliance is immediately tested by Daniel Lockett, the killer rapist, who grants them separate interviews but is obviously toying with them, playing them off one another, tantalizing them with ironies that hint at deeper truths. But to what end? He confessed to the crime. He mutilated himself. He served out his sentience. What could he be holding back at this point? The reporters want answers. The search may cost them their lives. (Source: Five Star)

Forge Books

A Time of Change by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo (Forge Books 09 April 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: A Time of Change is a perfect example of the Thurlos's ability to combine passion with tension as they introduce readers to Josephine Buck and other employees at a New Mexico trading post. When The Outpost's owner dies, Josephine, a young Navajo woman, is shocked to discover that Tom Stuart, whom she thought of as a surrogate father, has left her the business.

Ben Stuart and his dad had had problems, but military service changed Ben for the better and put the two men back in each other's lives. His father's sudden death ends any possibility of a true reconciliation and leaves Ben fuming at being disinherited.

Suspecting that Jo had an affair with his father, Ben is determined to get control of the trading post. Jo's hataalii training shows her that Ben is wounded in both body and soul, and she becomes determined to help him.

As Jo and Ben move toward a deeper understanding of each other, they learn that Tom Stuart was murdered and that the trading post at the center of their lives holds many secrets. (Source: Forge Books)

Alive! (Valentino Mysteries) by Loren D. Estleman (Forge Books 02 April 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in the picture for murder. Everyone knows the Frankenstein monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff/monster jokes—even when the part of the monstrously deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff's memorable portrayal, another famous 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster.

The screen test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, that never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than the money he'll have to pay. Someone would kill to get that reel of film, and that makes Valentino a mortal obstacle who would rather not die for art. People have already been murdered for the film, and Val doesn't want to push his luck...but boy, that reel is too good to let go.

Enter a crew of steampunk fans. Loving the arcane strangeness that is Valentino's life--not to mention the completely glam prospect of seeing the original filmic Count Dracula as the Frankenstein monster--they will find a way to save Valentino and Lugosi's infamous screen test. Or if they can't do that, have a great party anyway. Val just hopes it's not a wake. (see review)

Minotaur Books

Good People (Glyn Capaldi Mysteries) by Ewart Hutton (Minotaur Books 16 April 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, fallen from grace and exiled from Cardiff to the Welsh countryside, does his best to serve as the catchall detective in the big bit in the middle that God gave to the sheep. It's a place where nothing of any significance is meant to happen, a place where his superiors believe he can do little harm.

But trouble has a way of catching up with Capaldi. Six men and a young woman disappear after a night of rugby and drink. They don't all reappear. The ones who do are "good people", and they give a reasonable explanation for the absence of the woman and their friend. Only Capaldi remains unconvinced. In the face of opposition, Capaldi delves deeper and starts to uncover a network of conflicts, betrayals, and depravity that resonates below the outwardly calm surface of rural respectability. (see review)

Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery by Colin Cotterill (Minotaur Books 09 April 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: In rural Thailand, former crime reporter Jimm Juree must grapple with her quirky family, a mysterious mother and daughter on the lam and the small matter of a head on the beach.

When Jimm Juree's mother sold the family house and invested in a rundown 'holiday camp' at the southern end of Thailand on the Gulf of Siam, the family had little choice but to follow. Jimm Juree, who was well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming the primary crime reporter for the major daily newspaper in Chiang Mai, is less than thrilled to have lost her job as a reporter and to be stuck in the middle of nowhere where little of interest happens. So it is with mixed feelings that she greets the news that a head has washed up on the beach. It's tragic, of course, but this could be the sort of sensational murder that would get her a byline in a major daily and keep her toehold on her journalism career. Now all she has to do is find out who was murdered, and why. (Source: Minotaur Books)

The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor (Minotaur Books 30 April 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: The year is 92 B.C. Gordianus has just turned eighteen and is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: a far-flung journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World. Gordianus is not yet called "the Finder"--but at each of the Seven Wonders, the wide-eyed young Roman encounters a mystery to challenge the powers of deduction.

Accompanying Gordianus on his travels is his tutor, Antipater of Sidon, the world's most celebrated poet. But there is more to the apparently harmless old poet than meets the eye. Before they leave home, Antipater fakes his own death and travels under an assumed identity. Looming in the background are the first rumblings of a political upheaval that will shake the entire Roman world.

Teacher and pupil journey to the fabled cities of Greece and Asia Minor, and then to Babylon and Egypt. They attend the Olympic Games, take part in exotic festivals, and marvel at the most spectacular constructions ever devised by mankind. Along the way they encounter murder, witchcraft and ghostly hauntings. Traveling the world for the first time, Gordianus discovers that amorous exploration goes hand-in-hand with crime-solving. The mysteries of love are the true wonders of the world, and at the end of the journey, an Eighth Wonder awaits him in Alexandria. Her name is Bethesda. (see review)

When the Devil Doesn't Show by Christine Barber (Minotaur Books 16 April 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Christine Barber's acclaimed mysteries explore not just the folklore, Indian heritage, and colonial history that draws people to Santa Fe each year, but also the lives of locals, from the rich retirees to the families that have lived there for generations. These mysteries take place in a modern city that still has strong, unforgettable connections to its history.

In her new novel, When the Devil Doesn't Show, a housefire leads to the discovery of not just the bodies of the homeowners, but also a third, unidentified corpse. The search for the man's identity will lead Detective Gil Montoya not too far from Santa Fe to one of its notorious but rarely discussed neighbors, the Los Alamos National Laboratory. A DNA test reveals that the unknown victim is a native of Northern New Mexico, but Montoya has reason to believe that his ties to the infamous nuclear testing facility hold the solution. And when a second housefire is found to contain more bodies, he's determined  to find out the answer no matter the cost. (see review)

Perseverance Press

Beyond Confusion (Latouche County Library) by Sheila Simonson (Perseverance Press 07 April 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: The 2008 election is over, and librarian Meg McLean is thrilled that the library levy passed. In spite of an economy in free-fall, Meg's personal and professional lives are thriving. Tribal Chief Madeline Thomas of the Klalos offers an inherited farmhouse for a branch library-but the farm was owned by a relative of Meg's rival and vengeful enemy, library administrator Marybeth Jackman, who plans to contest the will. Disasters begin to strike-the farmhouse is vandalized; the chief's home is firebombed; and when Marybeth falls to her death, Meg becomes a murder suspect. Echoing Marybeth's malice, pro-censorship protestors violently attack the county's bookmobile. Meg and her romantic interest, Undersheriff Rob Neill, must confront religious zealotry, bullying, and troubled mother-daughter relationships to penetrate the morass of bad karma and a maze of crimes. (Source: Perseverance Press)

Her Brother's Keeper: A Joan Spencer Mystery (Joan Spencer Mysteries) by Sara Hoskinson Frommer (Perseverance Press 07 April 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommer's small-town Indiana mysteries, doesn't look for trouble but it keeps finding her. A few days before her daughter's wedding, the last thing Joan needs is something else to worry about-but here it is, ready or not. Her ex-con brother Dave was the family black sheep, but years have passed since they've heard from him. Always the nonconformist, he's arrived way too early. Meanwhile Joan has to keep up with work, in addition to all the planning, even for a simple wedding; the groom's mother disapproves of everyone and everything; and Joan's own mother-in-law, whose mind is failing fast, lands smack in the middle of a murder… (Source: Perseverance Press)

Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding: An Antique Print Mystery by Lea Wait (Perseverance Press 07 April 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: October on Cape Cod is always beautiful, and antique print dealer Maggie Summer is happy to visit there to help with her best friend's wedding preparations. Maggie doesn't anticipate the murder of a neighbor, nor being called into service as a counselor and interpreter. Is she really essential to the investigation, or is she avoiding a critical discussion with the man she loves? Before she knows the answer, there's another murder...and a hurricane…and then Maggie herself becomes a target. (Source: Perseverance Press)

Poisoned Pen Press

Braking Points: A Kate Reilly Mystery by Tammy Kaehler (Poisoned Pen Press 02 April 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: Kate Reilly can't remember a worse time in her life, on-track or off. She wrecks her race car at Road America in Wisconsin, sending a visiting NASCAR star to the hospital, and loses her cool on-camera, only to end the day by discovering her boyfriend with a friend of hers. A dead friend.

With little time to grieve, Kate finds herself the pariah of the racing world, the target of vicious e-mail messages, death threats, and a frenzy of blame on racing sites and blogs, including an influential, anonymous blogger who's trying to get her fired. But nothing is as bad as knowing her friend's killer is still out there—and aiming at Kate.

She's riding a roller coaster of emotion, juggling an exciting new sponsor, a boyfriend she's not sure she can trust, and new-found family she doesn't want to claim. Dodging unfavorable media attention and a pit reporter with a bias against women in racing, Kate redeems herself by delivering stunning performances behind the wheel at the next race: Petit Le Mans, the ten-hour endurance classic.

The championship race weekend and an undercurrent of threats on all sides rev Kate's nerves to their limits. From on-track action, to sponsor parties, to the Series awards banquet, she's part of the action, uncovering motives, secrets, and powerful ambitions. Ultimately she learns no one can escape the past—but only a murderer is driven by it. (Source: Poisoned Pen Press)

Putnam

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts (Putnam 16 April 2013 / $27.95) - Product Description: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore--and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it's home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach's resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all. (Source: Putnam)

Quid Pro Books

Murder in Sugar Land by David Crump (Quid Pro Books 03 April 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: New from the author of Conflict of Interest and The Holding Company: Law professor David Crump's latest courtroom drama features Houston trial lawyer Robert Herrick, in a case that hits close to home. When his paralegal Brianna Edwards gets arrested for hiring a hit man, Herrick has to work the law and reality of murder for hire in the Lone Star State—in the toney city of Sugar Land, no less. Pitted against the toughest prosecutor around, who has marching orders to stamp out any threat of violent crime in the affluent community, Herrick will have to use all his courtroom wits and experience to make legal sense of the tangled law that Brianna faces. (Source: Quid Pro Books)

Renaissance Ebooks

The Emperor's Gambit: The Classic Pulp Cliffhangers by Charles Lee Jackson II (Renaissance Ebooks 25 April 2013 / $8.99) - Product Description: CODE NAME: The Emperor. Head of a secret network of agents, he fights evil whereever it may arise. Able to pass unsuspected through any security or fortification, he has outwitted and out-fought the cleverest and most deadly enemies. The Emperor's exploits put those of Doc Savage, The Shadow, Batman, James Bond, and even those two guys from UNCLE to shame. Includes four amazing adventures of The Emperor and his able corps of agents versus international criminals, foreign terrorists, space aliens, and a madman with the gloves that Thor used to wield Mjolnir, his magic hammer! THE UNDERGROUND PULP AND COMIC SENSATION! For forty years, Charles Lee Jackson II has been producing a body of work unprecedented in the annals of pulp magazines and comics. He has garnered a fanatic body of followers and admirers - but his work has never been made available to a mass audience before! Begin the adventure here, with the first volume of stories featuring Jackson's legendary cliffhanger hero, in his fight against the forces of evil. (Source: Renaissance Ebooks)

Sarah Crichton Books

Hour of the Red God: A Detective Mollel Novel by Richard Crompton (Sarah Crichton Books 16 April 2013 / $26.00) - Product Description: In Nairobi's Uhuru Park, the police have recovered the body of a local prostitute: a Maasai woman, brutally murdered. It's hard to discern what went wrong. Was this a female circumcision gone awry? Was she the victim of a pimp, or maybe of one of her customers?

Detective Mollel, himself a former Maasai warrior, is assigned to the case. Like all great heroes in crime fiction, Mollel is complicated, even flawed. His scars and stretched earlobes, the hallmarks of the Maasai, make him conspicuous on the streets of corrupt contemporary Nairobi. Worse still, he can't seem to leave well enough alone, no matter what the consequences.

As Mollel pursues the death of the prostitute, he begins to suspect something far more extensive than an ordinary murder. But are his warrior's instincts--which have never failed him--as true as they feel? Or will all his convictions about the case be turned on their head? As the investigation devolves into chaos, the outcome becomes more personal than he could ever have imagined. (Source: Sarah Crichton Books)

The Devil in Her Way by Bill Loehfelm (Sarah Crichton Books 30 April 2013 / $26.00) - Product Description: When Maureen Coughlin first appeared in The Devil She Knows (2011), the New Orleans Times-Picayune called her "unforgettable" and "the character of the year." Booklist named The Devil She Knows one of 2011's ten best thrillers and declared Maureen "as compelling a character as this reviewer expects to see this year."

Now she's back in Bill Loehfelm's new thriller, The Devil in Her Way, and her life has changed in more ways than one: She's starting over in New Orleans as a newly minted member of the police force. Kicking off her final week of field training, Maureen takes a punch from a panicked suspect bursting out of an apartment. Her training officer laughs it off, and the incident even yields a small victory: the cops recover a stash of pot and guns. But out on the street, on the fringes of the action, Maureen sees something sinister transpire between two neighborhood boys that leaves her shaken, and she knows there's more to the story than she's seen. As we follow Maureen's dangerous hunt for answers, Loehfelm leads us around New Orleans's most hidden corners and into its darkest outposts.

(Source: Sarah Crichton Books)

Signet

Curse of the PTA (Beth Kennedy) by Laura Alden (Signet 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: As the new PTA president, Beth Kennedy wants to make a difference in the lives of the students and faculty at Tarver Elementary. But with a killer on the loose, staying alive is the first order of business.

With the book sales from their Story Project, the PTA has come into some money. Now they just have to decide how to spend it. With different factions vying for their own interests, Beth brings in financial consultant Dennis Halpern. But before they can come to a resolve, Dennis comes to his final end—shot to death right in the school.

With the doors to the building unlocked, virtually anyone could have done the deed. And they soon discover that Dennis had plenty of secrets. Now locals are whispering that the PTA is cursed, and it's up to Beth to catch the killer before she gets cashed out.

(Source: Signet)

The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake (Signet 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village's newest resident Wishcrafter--a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns.

When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy's Aunt Ve's personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn't all Harriette is celebrating--the Floracrafter has recently created the midnight black Witching Hour rose, the first all-natural rose of that color.

Darcy works hard on planning an extravagant celebration that will make Harriette feel like the belle of the ball. But when cake delivery boy Michael Healey—a former employee at Harriette's greenhouse—is found dead, the celebration takes a turn. Now Michael's ghost has imprinted on Darcy, meaning that they're bonded until she can untangle the thicket surrounding his murder—and what exactly it has to do with the Witching Hour rose. (Source: Signet)

The Homicide Hustle: A Ballroom Dance Mystery by Ella Barrick (Signet 02 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: The traveling TV dance show, Ballroom with the B-Listers, is coming to Washington, D.C., and ballroom dancer Stacy Graysin is first in line to participate. Not only will the publicity propel Graysin Motion, Stacy's dance studio, into the limelight, but the prize money could help offset her looming debt. Plus, Stacy's teen idol, heartthrob Zane Savage, specifically requested to be her partner.

But the whirlwind reality contest stumbles when the show's coproducer, Tessa King, is found dead in the Potomac River. All the clues point to Tessa being murdered--and the suspects are the contestants and crew of B-Listers. Now Zane and the rest of the B-Listers must promenade back to fame, and Stacy will need to hustle to maintain her reputation, win the competition, and catch a killer.

(Source: Signet)

Soho Crime

Another Sun by Timothy Williams (Soho Crime 02 April 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: The sun-drenched Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is technically part of France, subject to French law and loyal to the French Republic. But in 1980, the scars of colonialism are still fresh, and ethnic tensions and political unrest seethe just below the surface of everyday life.

French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud relocated to this beautiful Caribbean island confident that she could make it her new home. But her day-to-day life is rife with frustration. Now she is assigned a murder case in which she is sure the chief suspect, an elderly ex-con named Hégésippe Bray, is a political scapegoat. Her superiors are dismissive of her efforts to prove Bray innocent, and to add insult to injury, Bray himself won't even speak to her because she's a woman. But she won't give up, and Anne Marie's investigations lead her into a complex tangle of injustice, domestic terrorists, broken hearts, and maybe even voodoo.

(Source: Soho Crime)

Pale Horses by Jassy Mackenzie (Soho Crime 16 April 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: When base jumper Sonet Meintjies plummets to her death from the top of a Sandton skyscraper, her jumping partner insists that it was no accident. Recovering from the end of her tricky relationship with police superintendent David Patel and trying to deal with the ugliness of her last job, P.I. Jade de Jong is initially reluctant to take on the case. But after initial investigations reveal that the victim worked to help impoverished communities, and that one of these communities has disappeared entirely, their houses razed to the ground, she cannot walk away. Digging deeper for answers, Jade learns of a mystery disease that swept through the entire community, killing everyone except for a mother and her son, whose whereabouts are unknown. When Sonet's journalist sister goes missing, Jade is desperate to find them, especially when her own life is under threat as a result. A deadly harvest has been gathered in, and the only person who knows the truth about it has been forced to become collateral in its trade ... (see review)

St. Martin's

Some Like it Hawk (Meg Langslow Mysteries) by Donna Andrews (St. Martin's 30 April 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by her town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated except for Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk who barricaded himself in the courthouse basement.

Phinny's year-long siege of protest has been possible because of a tunnel through which his local supporters deliver food and supplies. But when a woman is found dead on the premises, Phinny becomes a person of interest. Meg is certain that Phinny's been framed by the hawkish lender. Now it's up to Meg and the rest of Caerphilly to protect Phinny--and his beloved pet pigeons. Meanwhile, the killer has flown the coop. (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton (St. Martin's Griffin 09 April 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: For #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's PI Kinsey Milhone, danger comes with the job--but she never expects to find herself at the top of a hit man's list.

G IS FOR GAME: When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn't heard from in six months, it's not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. But a girl's gotta pay her bills, and this should be easy money--or so she thinks. Kinsey finds Agnes in a hospital. Aside from her occasional memory lapses, the octogenarian seems fine. And frightened.

G IS FOR GUN: Kinsey doesn't know what to make of Agnes's vague fears and bizarre ramblings, but she's got her own worries. It seems Tyrone Patty, a criminal she helped put behind bars, is looking to make a hit. First, Kinsey's car is run off the road, and then days later, she's almost gunned down, setting in motion a harrowing cat and mouse game.

G IS FOR GUMSHOE: So Kinsey decides to hire a bodyguard. With PI Robert Dietz watching her 24/7, Kinsey is feeling on edge…especially with their growing sexual tension. Then Agnes dies of an apparent homicide, and Kinsey realizes the old lady wasn't so senile after all—maybe she was trying to tell her something? Now Kinsey's determined to learn the truth ... even if it kills her. (see review)

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